there's no smoke without fire

Definition of there's no smoke without fire

used to say that if people are saying that someone has done something wrong there is usually a good reason for what they are saying

Word by Word Definitions

there play
  1. : in or at that place

  2. : to or into that place : thither

  3. : at that point or stage

  1. used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause

  2. used as an indefinite substitute for a name

  1. : that place or position

  2. : that point

  1. used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective

  2. used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified

  3. : capable of being relied on for support or aid

smoke play
  1. : the gaseous products of burning materials especially of organic origin made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon

  2. : a suspension of particles in a gas

  3. : a mass or column of smoke

  1. : to emit or exhale smoke

  2. : to emit excessive smoke

  3. : to undergo punishment : suffer

fire play
  1. : the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light, flame, and heat

  2. : one of the four elements of the alchemists

  3. : burning passion : ardor

  1. : to set on fire : kindle

  2. : to give life or spirit to : inspire

  3. : to fill with passion or enthusiasm


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